The following is a list of regularly updated volunteering opportunities in and around Lewisham. The list contains both from home, remote opportunities and mobile, in person opportunities. If you would like to receive updates on the latest volunteering opportunities, along with creative activities, donation information and the latest news from around Lewisham you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter.
Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service – Advice Volunteer
Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service (LMLAS) is looking for telephone trainee advisor volunteers to assist with advice services. This is an ideal role for enthusiastic people interested in enhancing their skills and building confidence.
The ideal persons do not need experience of working in the area of advice. However, we particularly welcome Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Kurdish, Polish and Turkish speakers and people from black and minority ethnic communities who speak another language as well as English or want to improve their English language skills.
Contact email@example.com to apply
SCYSS are looking for passionate volunteer with experience in any of these fields: Admin; Fundraising and Communications (including websites/social media).
Local Councillor Tauseef Anwar has started a hot food takeaway service that is providing food at 3pm every day outside Lewisham Islamic Centre. They are looking for volunteers to help on different days. Please email Cllr_Tauseef.Anwar@lewisham.gov.uk if you would like to volunteer and find out more.
Living Water Christian Centre Food Service – Volunteer Drivers
LWCC are still looking for a volunteer who either has a van or would be comfortable driving their minibus to support with a fortnightly run on Tuesdays to collect surplus food donations from a depot in Coulsdon at 4.15pm ready for their food service on Wednesday evenings at Honor Oak Community Centre.
Please email (mentioning Lewisham Local) firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project – Volunteer Drivers & Food Packers
WDCFP+ are looking for volunteer drivers to support with a fortnightly run on Thursdays between 3 – 7.30pm to collect surplus food donations from a depot in Coulsdon to support their food bank which has experienced extremely high numbers of visitors in recent weeks.
They are also looking for volunteers to assist with packing and queue management. Please email to express the role you are interested in (mentioning Lewisham Local) to email@example.com. You can donate to their fundraiser here.
CatBytes – Volunteer Drivers
CatBytes are very busy receiving, refurbishing and distributing devices to families in Lewisham whose children are currently doing their homework on smartphones and they need volunteer drivers to help distribute.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Volunteer Interpreter: LRMN need people who can interpret for their clients when they access support services. You will be responsible for helping clients get the advice they need on a range of issues from immigration and mental wellbeing to housing and welfare benefits.
Volunteer Driver: LRMN need volunteers to support by regularly collecting food donations and food surplus from locations including Brockley, Deptford, Woolwich, Kidbrooke and Welling.
Volunteer Support Worker: LMRN need volunteers to help deliver specialist and holistic support through their Refugee Resettlement Scheme. Volunteers will support and advocate for refugee families around housing, welfare and benefits and access to health services.
Downham Gleaning Pantry need volunteer drivers to collect surplus food from local supermarkets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Email email@example.com to apply.
Rastafari Movement UK– Food Project Volunteer
On Tuesdays, Rastafari Movement UK are looking for volunteer food packers – 2 – 4:45 pm and drivers from 4:30pm to deliver in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.
They are based at: Bells Centre, 11 Buller Close, Peckham, SE15 6UJ
Contact RMUKWellBeing@gmail.com to register your interest
One Health Lewisham – Healthcare Volunteers
One Health Lewisham are recruiting a team of volunteers to support with the delivery of COVID-19 remote monitoring devices to people that may have coronavirus that do not have anybody to collect the monitoring device on their behalf.
The safety of both our volunteers and patients is paramount and in addition to our routine safeguards:
- Volunteers will be required to attend training before starting to ensure that appropriate infection prevention guidance is followed.
- Devices are to be left on doorsteps and there is no requirement for volunteers to have face to face contact or communication when delivering device.
One Health Lewisham estimate that there will be approximately 5 devices that need to be delivered per day and as such, would like a large pool of volunteers to ensure that there are volunteers located across the borough to respond to requests throughout December-January.
If you are interested in becoming one of their Remote Monitoring Volunteers, please complete the short online form
Age UK Lewisham & Southwark Food 2 You – Volunteer Food Packers and Deliverers
Food2You is a shopping delivery service for over 50s living in Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth who struggle to do their own shopping. They provide a consistent weekly shop to older people who may not be able to access shops themselves, as well as much needed social contact with staff and volunteers.
Volunteers support with all aspects of the service, from Administration to Driving, and Shopping to Deliveries. Roles are at various times and days throughout the week.
Shopping is currently being done at Tesco Surrey Quays, and they are currently based at the Yalding Healthy Living Centre in Bermondsey. We deliver to clients across the borough of Lewisham, as well as Southwark and Lambeth.
Morden College – IT Volunteer
Are you a confident user of Microsoft Publisher? Can you help us design and edit our weekly newsletter to be more eye-catching? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We are looking for a volunteer who can:
• Compile and edit the weekly newsletter using Microsoft Publisher
• Proof read contributions from staff and residents
• Research events in the local area to include in the newsletter
• Send final copies to staff for approval before printing
• Send a final copy to staff to upload on the staff network
The benefit of this role is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. You will need access to your own computer which has Microsoft packages (Microsoft Word, Publisher and Outlook) and Adobe Reader for PDFs.
Street Trees for Living – Volunteer Trustee
STfL plants over 200 street trees across the London Borough of Lewisham yearly. They publicise and raise funds to support Lewisham Council’s street tree planting scheme and liaise with the council on behalf of residents.
They are looking for a trustee treasurer volunteer! The role would involve overseeing the financial affairs of Street Trees for Living and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice. To ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place. To monitor and report on the financial health of Street Trees for Living and to oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project – Volunteer Food Packers and Deliverers
Whitefoot and Downham are seeing unprecedented numbers at their food project; this week alone they welcomed 185 visitors in 90 minutes.
They need more volunteers to help pack and distribute food and welcome their guests so they can continue to meet demand. Please email for an application form (mentioning Lewisham Local) at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can donate to their fundraiser here.
Action Tutoring – Volunteer Tutor
Volunteering with Action Tutoring is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community. By volunteering and tutoring for just one hour a week, you will be able to directly support disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future, as well as developing your own skills.
As an English or maths tutor, you will choose one of our partner schools to volunteer with. You can support either in person (following Covid prevention measures) or online (through our virtual classroom). You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Sessions are delivered at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you.
Make Mee Studio – Volunteer Deliverer
Make Mee Studio are looking for volunteers who can help deliver creative packs to residents of Lewisham’s homes for their Patched Together project. Participants are being sent creative materials they are going to decorate, when the next pack is dropped off the volunteer will be required to pick up the patch from the previous week. Eventually they will all be sewn together into a Lewisham Patchwork Artwork!
The packs need to be delivered every 2 weeks. Ideally volunteers should already have a DBS certificate and transport. If you do not have a vehicle but would like to be part of the project please still get in touch as you may be able to help on foot!
Contact email@example.com to register your interest.
St. Peter’s Brockley Social Supermarket – Food Project Volunteer
St Peter’s Social Supermarket in Brockley are looking for around 15 volunteers to deliver weekly food parcels to food bank members who are unable to leave their homes. Deliveries are within SE4, and can be on foot, cycle or by car.
XLP – Volunteer Mentor
XLP are looking for Literacy and Numeracy Online Tutors. XLP is a youth charity that operates youth work projects in schools and estate communities across 9 inner-city boroughs. The charity has a long history of working in Lewisham borough.
This project offers literacy and numeracy support to young people from yr6-yr9 as well as targeted 1-1 online home tutoring to young people studying towards GCSEs.
All volunteers are expected to attend three individual XLP training sessions, which include working with young people, safeguarding and tutoring training.
Corbett Community Library – Volunteer Befriender
Corbett Community Library are recruiting volunteers for their Doorstep Chat service on and around the Corbett Estate in SE6.
Volunteers can work in pairs (preferably) to have socially distanced weekly chats with an isolated person from the end of their garden path. These social visits are very much welcomed by individuals who often haven’t spoken to anyone all week. They can arrange for these to be phone chats from their premises. To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quo Vadis Trust – Volunteer Mentor
Quo Vadis Trust provides social housing, care & support for people in South East London living with mental health challenges.
The are looking for an Activities Worker, who would support clients in a Peer Mentor Programme; developing their skills and ambitions, facilitating projects and activities researched and designed by clients and help support client recovery through engagement and empowerment.
Sydenham Garden – Trustee
Sydenham Garden are seeking to appoint a trustee with experience of leading and managing activity groups for people recovering from mental ill health and people with early dementia.
They are keen to recruit a trustee who would be interested in joining our board and the services subcommittee. The subcommittee provides governance for their activity based horticulture and arts group programmes. It also oversees the development and review of the policies and procedures required for good governance of the groups.
Contact email@example.com to apply.
FareShare – Food Project Volunteer
The FareShare London warehouse in Deptford is seeking dozens of volunteers who can spare time during the week to help ensure that good, surplus food gets to the people who need it most.
Action for Community Development – IT Volunteer
AfCD are looking for a volunteer distance learning programme developer.
This is an excellent role for somebody that is looking to showcase their capability in creation of remote/distance learning programmes. The candidate must also be able to direct their own work, envision outcomes and deliver on them. AfCD will be happy to work with you to identify and provide additional support as needed.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
Crisis – Admin Volunteer
Crisis are looking for a Housing Procurement Volunteer. You’ll be supporting our Housing Procurement Team to source good quality accommodation for our members to help end their homelessness.
170 Community Project – Volunteer Befriender
The 170 Community Project are looking for an Advice Line Telephone Assessor Volunteer. The volunteer be the first port of call on the Advice Line to callers in need of welfare advice. You need good listening skills, a calm and patient manner and be able to relay information to the caller in a clear way. Accurate note-taking skills are important. Training is given.
Contact email@example.com to register your interest
Deptford Mission – Admin Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to help process the donations they receive in their charity shop. This includes processing clothes donations, sorting through bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs etc. as well as operating the till and all general shop work such as cleaning and tidying the shelves.
Voluntary Services Lewisham – Volunteer Befriender
The VSL befriending scheme covers Lewisham Borough and matches volunteers with service users based on shared interests, the individual’s needs, and the volunteers’ motivation and availability.
Stanstead Lodge – Volunteer Archivist
Stanstead Lodge are looking for a volunteer archivist. The ideal person will be capable of drafting an archiving policy and be happy to lead a project team, work independently and supervise any volunteers.
Contact James: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
NHS Volunteer responders support people who are self-isolating and support NHS organisations by transporting goods between sites, delivering supplies to patients’ homes and providing patient transport.
Lee Green Lives – Volunteer Mentor
Lee Green Lives are looking for support volunteers for wide-ranging activities and services in their Community Centre. Activities and services range from healthy exercises and computer classes to sewing and literacy classes, as well as advice sessions for people with benefits, housing and other issues.
To volunteer, contact Shirley Kirkland, Lee Green Lives community centre coordinator on email: email@example.com; or telephone 020 7998 1004 or text 07706 931986.
1st New Cross Scouts – Volunteer Mentor
Every week volunteers give young people in New Cross and Brockley age 6 – 18 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life!
Blue Ribbon Foundation – Downham Men’s Group – Volunteer Gardener
Downham Men’s Group are looking for volunteers to help every Thursday morning with gardening at the Goldsmiths Community centre and grounds development.
Barley Loaves Distribution Service – Food Project Volunteer
Barley Loaves Food Service is a not-for-profit food bank that serves inner Lewisham community. Barley Loaves Food Distribution Service are looking for volunteer drivers to collect and deliver their food every Tuesday afternoon.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved
Action for Refugees in Lewisham – Food Project Volunteer
AFRIL’s door to door Helping Hands food bank delivery service are looking to increase its recently-established team of volunteer cyclists/ drivers in anticipation of the busy pre-Christmas period.
The Saturday team of volunteers deliver essential food every Saturday to 30 refugee, asylum seeker and vulnerable migrant families local areas at 10am and are home by 1pm. There are devised routes for these deliveries so each driver/cyclist and can pay travel expenses’ for drivers.
AFRIL are also currently recruiting a Friday team of cyclists and drivers to help collect donations, current collection times are on Friday mornings and afternoons but other collection times are likely as new collection hubs are added to the scheme.
Contact Helen, Food Bank manager E: email@example.com or M: 07375 886101 to get involved.
Legendary Community Club – Food Project Volunteer
Legendary Community Club are looking for volunteer drivers, packers and food prep people to support their foodbanks and holiday and afterschool food project for young people in Lewisham.